Discomfort in other areas of the upper body

Normally people tend to ignore certain warning signs of heart attack and put themselves in danger due to mere ignorance. A discomfort in the other areas of the upper body may be hinting you about a possible heart attack. Here is what you need to know about pain and discomfort in the upper body.

What is the sign?

Do you believe that every heart attack starts with chest pain? Well, a large percentage of people experience heart attack without a paining feel in the chest. It is not obvious that heart attack should develop with strong crushing pain in the chest. Especially older females, people suffering from diabetes etc, rarely experience chest pain. The signs of heart attack can vary in people. Some may not feel most of the symptoms, while others may show up majority of the symptoms.

Upper body discomfort

Chest pain or chest discomfort is the most recognised symptom of heart attack. A discomfort is the upper body part also requires your attention as it may be linked to heart attack. The pain or discomfort will not be pinpointed at the chest but spread across upper part of the body. It includes a pain or discomfort in one or both the arms, back, shoulders, neck, jaw, upper part of the abdomen, etc. The pain will hardly go below the belly button.

What does it indicate?

A discomfort in the upper body can be indication for a handful of major diseases. Here goes the commonly found conditions:

Angina: Angina is condition of intense chest pain when the heart muscles do not get enough oxygenated blood.

Coronary heart disease: A condition when plaque gets accumulated in the arteries causing a blockage in blood flow. Chest pain and discomfort can also be associated with this condition.

Heart Attack: The mild pain in the upper body is one of the most possible indications of a heart attack.

Other signs of heart attack

Understanding other signs of heart attack would help you to realise when you get an attack. However, don’t ever wait for other symptoms to happen to seek medical attention.

  • Chest discomfort or chest pain
  • Pressure, tightness, squeezing or aching sensation in the chest
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Nausea, light-headedness etc.
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort in the abdomen

Seek immediate attention

The signs and symptoms of the heart attack may develop suddenly. However once you develop signs of heart attack, quick action is very much needed. Action should be taken as soon as possible without delay in order to save life.

On the other hand, the signs and symptoms of heart attack may take up to months to develop in some patients. You need to consult with the doctor if you observe these symptoms as it may be hinting a possible heart attack.

  • Unusual fatigue or sweating
  • Shortness of breath and dizziness, especially during physical exercise
  • A pain in the back, neck or the jaw

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